Shawn Kelly’s Golf Tips Factors That Could Affect Your Game


golf tipsShawn Kelly’s Golf Tips

Here are some golf tips for you golfers out there.

Golf practice does not always have to be implemented outdoors. Creative players can find plenty of ways to improve their games at home or indoors. There is the timely and sagacious Kelly axiom which states, “Life gets in the way of golf all the time,” and sometimes weather as well. Simply, it seems that there is never adequate time to improve our swings the way we would like.

Training aids and drills at home, or short game practice if you have the room, can be easy to implement when you can’t get to the course. Of course we’ll miss seeing you at the shop, but here are a few methods that I employ to improve my game at home.

Training aids are important to accelerate the “feel process” of the golf swing. There are hundreds of training aids on the market that can help improve your swing. I have always believed that if you understand and trust in the product, it will help you. I personally have supreme confidence in the two that I use, the ASSIST and the Divot Mat.

Anyone who knows me knows my story about the ASSIST training device and how it never leaves my bag. The ASSIST has a bent shaft with a funny shaped yellow head and a grip that has bumps on it to position your hands. I have swung this club for over 20 years and credit it for the swing I have today and my consistency throughout the years. I swing my ASSIST as much as possible, certainly before every practice or play and when I do my drills at home. This training device will never leave my bag!

Divot Mat is another aid that I feel is destined to become a must for every golfer. Divot Mat is an aid that will allow you to see the “finger print of every swing” as you swing across a plastic mat with a special paper on top that marks the divot pattern of each swing. You’ll get the instant feedback of your “virtual divot” and the feel of a proper angle of attack will improve your swing immediately. Endorsed by Fred Couples, this is a great aid to use indoors or out to improve your swing. Contact for more information and sales.

A simple piece of a 2-by-4 can be used for two good drills, one for putting and one for the swing. Start by laying a piece of a 2-by-4 on its side in front of you and swing your favorite club while working on the path of your swing. Avoid hitting the board as you swing the club along. It should help you groove your swing path.

Now take that board, lay it flat and grab your putter. Stand with your toes parallel to the board and put the heel of your putter on the far side of the board. Slide the head back and forth without stopping and feel the sensation of the back-and-forth stroke. This drill is great for the three- to four-footers on the course. Putting on carpet to a water glass or having an artificial turf green are great tools for improving your putting stroke.

When the rain is falling or life is getting in your way, find ways to practice indoors to improve your golf game. Try a little bit of homework, because these golf tips can really work.

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